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Last year Klab Jazz has presented around 75 regular shows that involved around 4 to 6 bands per episode. Hundreds of sessions, thousands of players shows that jazz is still alive in Bandung. This year Klab Jazz is still keeping its track record in providing good quality jazz events in cooperation with some cafes without taking any charge. The number of event per month isn’t as many as last year so far, yet the quality and variety are still being well kept.

Klab Jazz’s longest program Sunday Jazz can be a good example of this. Eventhough the venue has been changed several times, the existance of this regular event is still remain. Now the event has reached the number of 65th, and that’s really not a small amount. It used to run since the afternoon, but now Klab Jazz decided to go when the moon’s up, starting at 6:30 pm til drop. Taking place at Bober Cafe Tropica, Sunday Jazz #65 is set to present 4 bands plus one talk show.

If you came to the tryout of our community event at Festival Citylink last month, you should remember this band with the funny name. Yes, it’s Wedding Mafia. If you wonder why they chose this name, it’s because the band was established by some wedding musicians who apparently share the same vision and also mission. The band’s clearly rooted in jazz, which is favored by most of the bridal couples as told by the band leader who’s also the headmaster of KPH Music, Andre Simangunsong. Just like in our show, Wedding Mafia will appear as a quintet. Other than Andre on keys, there are Grand Doang on drums, Wibie on bass, Ibnu on saxophone and potential young singer, Syafiera Prami on vocal. From what we saw last time, they are into smooth jazz with touches of soul, RnB and a little funk. The other mafias might scare you, but not this one, since they are terrorizing the audience with pleasuring jazz.

Progressive ethnic jazz will shine from an ensemble named Sasadana. The group is carrying the concept by using the combination of modern-Western and traditional-Eastern instruments. Not only bass and keyboard, you will also find violin, bamboo flute, keyboard and tatabeuhan (Sundanese’s double-headed drum) in their session. boyke priyo utomo, jazzualityThe young jazz paganini Pangestu ‘Estu’ Hning Bhawana is found inside the group along with Rifky Adam Rahman (bass), Digun Guntara Barnas (drum, tatabeuhan), Lingga Angling Raspati (bamboo flute) and Mikhael Jason Aditya (keys). Jazz with traditional Sundanese taste? Why not. These boys can make it happen. Two other groups are completing the lineup: Kaleon and Neat. Kaleon is a group of four with Ade Irvan Riswandi and Ardi Prawira (guitars), Taofiq Muhammad (flute) and Lola Melatina (vocal). Then Neat will perform as a trio featuring Rayhan Murtaza (guitar), Arbi Wardani (drums) and Alex Jhonly (bass).

Just like we said before, this edition will also present something different. Not only showcase, Sunday Jazz #65 will have a talkshow/sharing session too. In this episode the guest is Boyke Priyo Utomo, a saxophonist who’s been active as sessionist and also supporting some bands including Imam Pras Quartet. We haven’t seen him for a while, maybe he’s busy with his tight non-music schedule. But now here he comes again not as a performer but to share anything he knows about saxophone. If you’re a saxophonist or having an interest in this instrument, you can come and ask him directly during the talkshow.

As usual, Sunday Jazz is served free of charge. All you have to do is come and enjoy the performance. Don’t forget to try the food and beverages of Bober Cafe Tropica too, it will make your relaxing hours even better. So, anyone want to jazz this Sunday? Be there and have a good time.

Sunday Jazz #65

Date: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Jl Sumatra no 5, Bandung

FREE EVENT

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After the success of the tryout, TERRAZ JAZZ has come to its first (premiere) edition. As you might already know, our intention of having this regular event is to contribute towards the jazz development especially in the regeneration process. We often find that the music students can already play something on stage, but they don’t have enough place and chance for that. The same case happen to the newcomers. In order to grow, they need a reliable playground, a community with friendly surroundings where they can learn while entertaining the real live audience at the same time. For that, we establish a network based on common goals with several music schools (currently VMS and KPH Music), jazz community in Bandung (Klab Jazz) and a community-based non-profit organization Infinity. We also got a lot of supports from the venue, Festival Citylink who’s been kindly accepted our proposal and granted us to have the Terrazo Food N Venue as the homebase twice a month. For now, this event will run twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. We are focusing on pushing the new players to grow mature on stage, adapting, absorbing experiences by practising what they’ve learned. But we’d be happy if any of the already established musicians give their blessings and supports too. Such case would happen in the upcoming second edition (March 12, 2014) with a wild, well-established jazz fusion band Fusion Stuff from Jakarta to participate as one of the lineups.

We will release the info about the second edition soon, but for now, let’s focus on the premiere edition which featured three young bands/groups all from Bandung. Oh yeah, in accordance to the upcoming 6th International Kampoeng Jazz Festival (March 22, 2014), we invited the committees to socialize their big event to the audience. The MC position was given to them too, represented by Ario Fahmi Muhammad and Alia Putri Syahbaniar. Their chit-chats and jokes appeared fresh in youthful spirit that somehow added a different kind of flavor into the show. The founder of Klab Jazz, Dwi Cahya Yuniman also came to show his support. He gave a speech too in between sessions.

 

 

The first performance came from a band who just made its name a couple of days ago, Soulia. It’s a new band, but at least we know the vocalist, Yuyu Yulia who two years ago was active as a pop jazz singer. She moved on by taking a different job, but now she wishes to come back to her music passion. We are happy to provide her comeback. Just like before, Yuyu took the pop jazz lane as her path. Joining her in this group are Aga (guitar) and Mike (bass), plus a cool cajon player.

They opened up this premiere edition with smooth, sweet acoustic music. Two songs were taken from the late Utha Likumahuwa’s evergreens “Esok Kan Masih Ada” and “Puncak Asmara” then ended their performance with Vina Panduwinata’s “Cinta”. A simple but nice acoustic package were given by Soulia as the first band. They only delivered three songs but it was good enough for a start.  Since this is still the beginning, we know they can do great in music. Acoustic, candy sweet and pop jazz, who wouldn’t like it? It’s like a magic formula to win the hearts of wide segments of music lovers. Let’s hope the band to keep its existance, may this first appearance be a start for something big for them.

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Since last month, Klab Jazz‘s regular event at Siete Cafe, Resto Bandung has changed into a new theme. At first it was set as a home where musicians from ethnic especially Sundanese and Keroncong communities gathered with their jazz fellows under Jazz Nagari. But aparently, the space wasn’t sufficient enough to hold traditional ensembles which mostly comprise a lot of members, not to mention the size of the bamboo instruments and some other technical problems. Because of that, the venue and the jazz community decided to go back to the root, as appeared in the new title, Siete Jazz.

In several previous shows and some upcoming ones, Klab Jazz’s events are set to be the Road to Kampoeng Jazz, an annual international-scaled festival made by the Law Faculty of Universitas Padjadjaran Bandung. The 6th year of this festival is coming soon on March 22, 2014 at their own campus ground, featuring big names such as Renee Olstead, Collective Soul, Mus Mudjiono ft Ari Pramundito, The Groove and many others. This year Kampoeng Jazz will have two stages for the first time; Klab Jazz is in charge on the second stage. Before the main event, Klab Jazz and Kampoeng Jazz join hands in socializing the fest by using the community events. Should you have questions about the festival or plan to buy the ticket, you can simply come to Klab Jazz’s events including this one, there will be officers who happily assist you.

Right at the end of February, and as the 10th anniversary of Java Jazz Festival is just around the corner, Klab Jazz is ready to launch the second edition.  There will be four bands in this second installment. First, let’s see Kucubeat. This band has a funny name which if pronounced, in Indonesian would sound like “I pinch (you)”. Anyway, let’s focus on their music concept. This band doesn’t like to stay in any narrow, singular box. Instead, they are more into playing for fun by fusing lots of musical ingredients together. You can find groove, light jazz, soul, rock and so on. Simply put, their songs have nice melodic tone that will easily be familiar to your ears.

Then let’s take a look at a very promising guitar duo, Satura. You’ve heard of Depapepe, or the earliest formation of Skesta which takes this format into their game. But Satura doesn’t go that way but travel far away back to the era when Parisien Gypsy Jazz dominated the Hot Club Era of Paris around the 30′s. The Gypsy Jazz ; some people called it ‘String Swing’ was popularized by the genius Django Reinhardt. Unlike the way American played jazz at that time which used traditional drums and bass, Django delivered swing with a wicked rhythm section by using nothing but strings. It was fascinating and somehow mystical. It would remind you of the flowery spring in Paris but also has fast melodies in chromatic Gypsy flavor. Many guitarists in Europe still carry this style of playing, but it’s still very rare to find in Indonesia. Satura takes this path and shows that they can bring the audience to travel back to that 30′s Parisien era without using any time machine or even take a flight to Paris. Simply close your eyes and you’ll be there. That’s what we feel when we hear them play.

Last year in band auditions for Espose 2013, as one of the judges we saw many potential bands as the participants. One of them was Moccafrio, a band of five young men. They have supported Klab Jazz at the Groove Collective October 2013 edition, now the boys are back again for another shot. In the coffee world, Moccafrio is usually served as a blendings of espresso, milk and ice with chocolate sauce/chips and whipped cream on top in a tall glass. It’s a cold coffee drink that tastes delightful while at the same time refreshes and recharges whoever drinks it. If a band is using it as a name, we should expect it to bring the same values, and we can’t see why not since they present the friendly side of jazz with pop, soul, RnB and groovy funk attached within. Last but not least, the jazzy pianist/vocalist Ulfa Nur Fauzia will also be back with her Ulfa & Friends after their last appearance on Klab Jazz’s stage in December 2013.

If you are in Bandung and looking for jazz on Thursday, just come and enjoy the performances. A community event like this needs supports to keep going, not only from the playing musicians and medias but also from you, jazz lovers who live in Bandung and nearby. The event is FREE as usual. Just bring yourself in and be cool with jazz!

SIETE JAZZ #02

Date: Thursday, 27 February 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – onward
Location: Siete Cafe, Resto
Jl. Sumur Bandung no. 20, Bandung

FREE EVENT!

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We launched our first tryout event aiming to be a regular community jazz event two weeks ago at the Terrazo Food & Venue, the food court of  a big mall in the Southern Bandung area, Festival Citylink. To our surprise, the trial event was more successful than we expected (Read the report here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-event-report/citylink-jazz-n-jam-terazzo-jazz-the-report/). Many young musicians came to seek for an adventure on stage, having a blast in free for all jam session, while the performing bands/artists did very well in pouring out jazz in rich variety. So now, we officialy cooperate with the venue, making a regular event twice a month, projected to run on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The name is settled too. From now on, this regular two weekly event will be called TERRAZ JAZZ in accordance to the name of the ground zero where it’s held.

As you might already know, this event is made to accomodate the young talents, new bands, students of music schools who take jazz as their major to get experience from playing live in front of the audience. They can practice everything they learn, transforming it into a real show. For us, this event is a part of our contribution towards jazz development particularly in Bandung especially in supporting the regeneration process. If somewhere along the way there are accomplished bands/artists wish to support our movement, we would be really grateful and welcome you with wide open arms. As what we plan, this should be a home for the jazz people to gather, make friends, exchange knowledge and have fun with one another. Thanks to Festival Citylink, especially the full support from the manager Jodi Putra, they provide us space and facilities to make it possible. We’re also thankful to have full supports from the Bandung jazz community Klab Jazz, Infinity – an independent institution that is established to improve the quality standard of human resource in facing the challenges in society and some music schools such as VMS (Venche Music School) and KPH (Kruisnode Piano House) Music. We are in the process of establishing cooperation with other music schools, private music teachers and so on, so hopefully this ship will soon have more passangers who share the same wishes and dreams. One thing for sure, without having their supports, none of these would happen.

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The wonderful crowds of Terrazo Jazz tryout (February 7, 2014) – photo by Riandy Kurniawan

 

In the tryout event on February 7, 2014 we presented six groups who gave assorted jazz flavors ranging from swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, soul, gospel, blues, bossanova and pop. For this edition forward, we will keep only three bands in the showcase so the duration of jam sessions can be long enough to accomodate as many attending musicians as possible.

This premiere edition of TERRAZ JAZZ will feature three bands with various flavors. First, there will be a unique combination that would be rare to have. The group’s called Bandung String Duo. This band was born from Klab Jazz’s concept that’s trying to develop new combinations/possibilities that can be enough to enlive the stage live show. If normally a band would require at least drums and bass to go hand in hand with at least piano or guitar, you might wonder how it would sound if the group has unique combination, like just guitar and violin for example. That’s what this duo is all about. They usually come as a trio, but since the bassist aren’t able to make it, they are brave enough to just go by two. Syarif Maulana (guitar) and Pangestu ‘Estu’ Hning Bhawana (violin) will demonstrate how jazz can they go by using nothing but two string instruments.

The original formation Bandung String Trio was first planned only to be a one time project. It was called Syarif Maulana and His Lovely Friends at first. But as they enjoyed the concept, they decided to move forward. The concept of three string instruments without drums and piano are still rare in Indonesia but definitely worth a shot. If in the tryout event two weeks ago we showcased a duo session with drum and guitar, now it’s the time to check out a session where only guitar and violin exist. In the future, we will try to push the development of unique combinations like this. A singer accompanied by contrabass, vocalist and pianist, double instruments and some other rare stuffs. Since we’re talking jazz, all of these are worth to give a go.

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It’s never easy to make several regular jazz events run smoothly every month, especially in a city other than the capital. It’s not that there are too few musicians that can play it, but the number of ready groups might be a problem. Some of the bands found their way to climb higher, some have to choose between pursuing their career and study, some others struggle with consistency. Those could make the Jazz Community lost some of the potential groups that can keep these events on track. Last year Klab Jazz, the Bandung’s Jazz Community served no less than 75 shows that involved 4 to 6 bands per episode. Occasionally they got some bands from the capital and other cities, not just the young fellows but it could be those who have been active for quite long years. Reaching the number of 75 is quite an achievement, what about this year? We still don’t know how it will go this year, but at least when we’re still less than 2 weeks inside the new year, we can see that Klab Jazz is still running. That’s a good sign, at least.

Since the number of bands are reducing, Klab Jazz has to find fresh new groups and players. Again, not easy, but we believe there are still many that we haven’t found yet. So it’s a continuous work to think over the regeneration and continuation if we want the development run well. At the same time, variety still has to be kept in mind. Quite a homework, but Klab Jazz knows it. It’s never easy, but the kind of spirit like what George Benson said in his song “Never Give Up On a Good Thing” and of course realizing their calling would always energize them.

Here we comes to the first one in the new year. Calling all jazz fans in Bandung, the #64th edition of Sunday Jazz is coming no longer than this Sunday, January 12, 2014, featuring 5 bands/groups/projects filled with young musicians. It’s going to be presented at the same venue as usual at Bober Cafe Tropica. Most of the names might still be new to you, but we know some of them equipped with good skills, passion and creativity to bring some jazz alive. The combination between guitar and drums in playing jazz repertoires doesn’t happen often, but here in this edition you can have it through two young musicians, guitarist Anjuan Julio and drummer Alman Naufal, together as Anjuan Julio Project.  We met Anjuan at least 2 years ago when he was still very young, still at that time he already showed how good he could play and how passionate he is to jazz. He’s played in numerous bands, now he’s going just by two with another young ‘tranced’ drummer Alman Naufal of Equinox. It’s a project that involves only two people with two instruments, guitar and drums. If this unique pairing catch your attention, go and check them out.

Then, what about a group of strings used in three different instruments? That should be interesting too. This concept owned by Bandung String Trio, consists of Syarief Maula (guitar), Afifa Ayu (violin) and the bassist of Jazzy Juice, Arnie Christanti. Again, with this group we catch a different format that can make them sound different. No drums, no vocals, you say, but as we always say, anything can happen in the jazz world. The pop jazz lies in the hands of FX JO, a group of six who continues their participation in Klab Jazz’s event after Jazz et Alia last September 2013. Another group of 6 is Dr.Doc, and last but not least a new quartet named Kaleon is worth to check too.

You might find that most of the names are new, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be flat. It becomes even more important, because these bands need your support to mark their step and keep growing. There will be interesting concepts, special projects and young talents. In return, you’ll get 5 bands entertaining you with their jazz flavors. Join us then? Hopefully so. See you!

Sunday Jazz #64

Date: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Bober Cafe Tropica, Jl. Sumatra no 5, Bandung

FREE EVENT

Featuring (in alphabetical order):

:: ANJUAN JULIO PROJECT
- Anjuan Julio guitar
- Alman Naufal drums

:: BANDUNG STRING TRIO
- Syarief Maula gitar
- Afifa Ayu biola
- Arnie Christanti bass

:: DR. DOC
- Herdi vocal
- Ari guitar
- Ginandjar Satyanagara keyboard, synth
- Galih piano
- Athfy Fadhlika Shafa drums
- Fabian bass

:: FX JO
- Nadia Maulidina alto saxophone
- Rafif Andyka vocal
- Faishal Muhammad Fasya keyboard & synth
- Febrian Ihsan guitar
- Athfy Fadhlika Shafa drum
- David Setiawan Sanjaya bass

:: KALEON
- Ade Irvan Riswandi guitar
- Ardi Prawira guitar
- Taofiq Muhammad flute
- Lola Melatina vocal

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Bells are probably don’t ring too much in Indonesia, but Christmas spirit can still be found easily everywhere. Especially in big cities, the celebration is felt wherever you go. The malls are full with Christmas trees, blinkin lights, colorful ribbons and songs related to the season. In a cafe named Sixty-Meeting Point & Cafe in Bandung, the solid local Jazz community Klab Jazz served their last show for 2013, closing all the live events which reach 75 shows with one special celebration. It’s supposed to be the 6th episode of Jazz Meeting Point, but since it was served near 25th of December, Klab Jazz decided to dedicate this episode for Christmas and changed the title to Christmas Jazz Meeting Point. It should be difficult for Klab Jazz to find the ready performers during the holiday season like this, but they managed to get not only 5 but 6 bands/groups to fill the slot. There are many exclusive Christmas and New Year events that cost a fortune, so expensive that many of us could only stare helplessly on the poster, but thank God there’s still a free show like this to accomodate the need of celebrating it in Jazzy way. It’s free, but still the audience could expect good quality of performers. Served humble and friendly, with the artists mingled with the audiences/cafe guests, this show meets our wish to see one lovely jazzy Christmas package.

 

The decision to start it at 8:00 pm was good, because it’d be impossible to drive around the city earlier during the holiday season like this. Christmas Jazz Meeting Point was opened by Michelle Efferin and Friends. Ever since she’s back from her study in Australia, Michelle has been focusing in teaching the kids on how to sing and play jazz. She has her own music school named Michelle Efferin (M.E.) Music School and teaches there while also performing here and there. The last time we saw her was when she presented the children choir from her music school called JFK (Jazz For Kids) Choir, this time she brought four singers from the choir, ranging from children to teenagers. Simply call it JFK Quartet, the way Michelle mentioned these girls.

Michelle opened up with a short solo piano recital before the rest joined her. “Christmas is about love”, she said, explaining why she started with “My Romance.” The band consists of musicians  that she’s been playing with for the past 6 years. “Some wonders why I don’t call it Michelle Efferin Quartet… the reason is that I don’t consider them as just my band but dear friends.” she said. Her own husband Richard Sirait as usual stood behind the drums, then Oggie Samuel on guitar and Iwan on bass. Then she called the young girl choir: 9 year-old Sydney, 12 year-old Madeleine and two Iwan’s daughters: Lolita and Sheila that she has taught for a year. A cool boppin’ layered these lovely children in pinning the classic “Winter Wonderland” and Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.” Michelle didn’t just use the electric piano but also a melodica, something that we rarely seen before. Her other friends that also teaches vocals in her school, Rita gave an awesome singing technique in “Chesnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. The JFK Quartet came back with a bluesy boppin’ “Straight No Chaser” with lyrics. One last bite from them was “Jingle Bells” in cute cabaret style with lots of goodies inside.

We don’t see her often nowadays on stage, but when we do see her, we always enjoy her easy-listening jazz package. Jazz will never appear to complex from her. It can be accepted by common listeners without having to bring down the essences and basics of this particular genre. What a lovely starter it was.

 

Next was a band with young players, Titik Awal. Since the band was established in 2005, the band has been moving up, climbing the difficult stairs of fame with confident. Melvhin Samuel Harapenta Sitepu on vocal, Narendradipa Soemantri on drums, Boby Suryo Alam on bass, Gama Ramadhani on guitar have been having great year in 2013 by performing in many events in Bandung and other cities, all the way to reach Kalimantan. During their show the band’s often supported by many additional players. What they like is to bring a party while trying to connect with the audiences as much as possible. They do play jazz, but always try to fit it to the current trend, making their music be easily accepted by the young music lovers. We have heard their original songs and covers, but what would they serve in a special themed show like this?

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We remember once one of our readers told us that if Santa Claus really existed, he’d love to get lots and lots of Christmas Jazz recordings. Well, for us who celebrate Christmas and love Jazz, the month of December would be fully filled with the joyful swingin’ mood. Why not? There are so many Christmas songs presented in variety of jazz over the decades, it’s even a wonder why most of the artists would happily involve Jazz to send their Christmas carols to the fans. We have no snow here in our land, yet the Christmas spirit is just as big as those snowy countries. They can have White Christmas, we have sunny, cloudy (and well… rainy) one. But no matter how the weather is, it’s always nice to celebrate the birth of the Savior with Jazz(y) renditions of your favorite carols.

Now, what about Live Christmas Jazz event? If it jingles your bells and you’re in Bandung at present time, you don’t need Santa Claus to bring you a special Jazzy gift, because on Friday, December 27, 2013, Bandung’s Jazz Community, Klab Jazz is ready to present it to you, free of charge! To end the whole service for its live event throughout 2013, Klab Jazz is giving you a special edition of Jazz Meeting Point. Simply calling it Christmas Jazz Meeting Point, this 6th episode will have 6 groups to make your Christmas and Holiday celebration merrier than ever.

First of all, Michelle Efferin will be back this time with the unit called Michelle Efferin and Friends. The last time we saw her was when she performed together with her students, cute but talented children choir, the JFK (Jazz For Kids) Ensemble. Michelle is a Jazz pianist graduated from Australian Institute of Music, class of 2005 majoring Contemporary Performance. When she came back to his homeland, he established her own music school, M.E Music Centre where she teaches a lot of children to be able to sing and play Jazz from early ages as well as pursuing her career as a performer at the same time. This time she will bring her version of famous Christmas songs together with her friends (most probably including her husband, drummer Richard Sirait). You can expect a wonderful swingin’ rendition in easy listening tunes from her.

Then let’s see a band of youth, Titik Awal. Formed by four players, Narendradipa Soemantri on drums, Boby Suryo Alam on bass, Gama Ramadhani on guitar, and Melvhin Samuel Harapenta Sitepu on vocal, this band has been having great year in 2013 by performing in many events in Bandung and other cities. Often supported by many additional players on their gigs, Titik Awal brings the modern, youthful Jazz on stage that would surely fit the ears of common listeners especially the young music lovers (check out their profile here: http://jazzuality.com/jazz-newcomers/titik-awal/).  It’s time to catch them in this Season’s celebration. Mehlvin and the gang are excited to take you into their way of partying, that’s for sure.

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Speaking of the new generation of Jazz pianist in Bandung, the name Christ Stanley should be included. He’s been doing very well with his own band claimed as the best Jazz quartet in Bandung by the Klab Jazz’s founder, Halfwhole Project, but occasionally he also plays in several different projects/groups. He often looks calm while playing, you can spot happy smiles here and there, but he’s actually a monster behind the keys. For this Christmas Jazz Meeting Point he will perform in trio formation. A Boppin’ carols? Swingy? Bluesy? Straight-ahead attack? As how he likes to be spontaneous, let’s just wait until he play.

Speaking of ‘abusive’ keyboard playing, the next band has it too. It’s Out of 7 (OO7), a band established less than a year ago, in March 2013 to be exact. The keyboardist of this band Widiyanto Sutanto has the habit to run wild whenever his fingers placed above the keys. He also stands as the arranger of the group. On vocals is Erick Gabe, a ‘late bloomer’ with incredible singing ability. Basically he has a black soulful voice, but you’ll be surprised once he takes the Jazzy lane by doing fast scatting and/or sounding some instruments from trumpet, trombone, guitar, contrabass all the way to percussions, beatbox, turntable scratch and so on by using his mouth. He carries the legacy of his grandpa, the late Jazz Legend Bill Saragih in a whole new dimension. He inherits the wild and unpredictable singing style, but of course he has his own way to do it. The drummer of this band will surprise you as well. A young girl, only 19 years old, looks sweet and tender, but wait until she bang the drums. Complete madness, full of variatons. That’s Marissa Wiguna, one of the attraction you’ll find in Out of 7. The walking bass and rhythmic tone lies in the hand of Abet Darmaji, and rockin’, bluesin’ and jazzin’ guitar licks will come from Herman Yulianto. In their hands, Jazz will never be the same again. If they are not reaching the perfect state yet, let’s just say that they are really promising. How wild can they go with Christmas songs? Come and see them to have the answer.

Firstly known as Impression, the group reduced the size from four to three and changed their name to Equinox. This band consists of young guns with highly capable players in each corner. Yohan Gunawan (piano), Ilham Septia (bass) and Alman Naufal (drum) rest their case in between Smooth Jazz, Swingy Straightahead and Bebop. It’s interesting to see what they are going to bring for this seasonal gig. Since they are still busy with school works, hopefully they have time to rearrange some Christmas songs to fit their taste. Last but not least, the wonderful female Jazz singer Agnes Stephanie Kaunang will be back again gracing Klab Jazz’s event, this time with her group called Agnes and the Gank.

6 bands, various Jazz bites, male and female vocalists, talented instrumentalists, all will bring a certain kind of joy for you in celebrating Christmas. If you live in Bandung, it won’t be difficult for you to reach the venue. It’s going to be served at SIXTY – Meeting Point & Cafe at Naripan street. As Bandung is filled with many local tourists during holidays, we invite you all who happen to be in Bandung to celebrate Christmas together with us. While enjoying your dinner and having wonderful times together with your loved ones, family and friends, here’s a chance for you to have the peaceful and warm Christmas in Jazz. Christmas is the time of love and joy, there’s nothing better to celebrate it than with Jazz. See you there!

CHRISTMAS JAZZ MEETING POINT 2013

Date: Friday, December 27, 2013
Time: 08:00 pm – onward
Location: SIXTY Meeting Point & Cafe
Jl. Naripan no. 30 Bandung

FREE EVENT

Featuring (in alphabetical order):

:: AGNES & THE GANK
:: CHRIST STANLEY TRIO
:: EQUINOX
:: MICHELLE EFFERIN & FRIENDS
:: OUT OF 7
:: TITIK AWAL

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The longest running regular event of Bandung’s Klab Jazz, the Sunday Jazz is ready to hold its 63rd meeting. This event has been used by artists from the capital to greet the jazz lovers in Bandung including the seniors, but what’s more important is that it provides the chance for young bands to learn how to play live on stage, gaining all the experiences to step into their maturity. What’s also important is that the event can be a gate for us to see the most current jazz scene in Bandung local area. Even if you don’t really care about the development, you can always enjoy the performances of various groups in each edition. It’s never easy for a community to keep running, but Klab Jazz has been showing its endurance ever since it was established in 2004. Many of the musicians/bands grew up on Klab Jazz’s stages before they became widely recognized by the jazz fans in Indonesia and beyond. Tulus, Tesla Manaf and Grace Sahertian can stand as the example. It’s true that you can achieve success from so many ways, but the community can always be a cool place for you to start the journey.

The last edition of Sunday Jazz was changed into Monday Jazz Special since it had to be moved to Monday due to some reasons. But now it’s back again at the exact day. Just like the 62 previous editions, rich variety of jazz will be served by 5 bands. In this edition you can find mostly potential young lions equipped with good skill to dive into jazz.

chakraborty, jazzuality

 

First, let’s see the jazz band that has been playing often in Klab Jazz’s recent activities, Chakraborty. While there’s a famous Bollywood movie star in the past with this name, they actually refer to the Sanskrit word from North Indian ancient mythology which means “The Best/The Ruler”). The word can also refer to “(becoming) the best” or “(doing) the best”, something that this band set as their goal. Chakraborty was established on April 17,2013 at Aru Studio. The band consists of Venche Music School (VMS)’s students and often supported by sessionists from other music schools. Said to be rooted in traditional American Jazz, they play wide to cover most of the big jazz corners from Swing, Cool Jazz, Fusion, Blues Jazz all the way to Bossanova. This time Chakarborty will be represented by 4 musicians: Joo Yang (drums), Adya Amru Hidayat (guitar), Yosua Setiawan (bass) and Nico (piano). Looking at how frequent Klab Jazz calls them to play, this band should be that good. So, playing jazz while holding the philosophy/character of ancient Indian mythology, how will a band be? Why don’t you come and check them out for the answer. Then, singer Ulfa Nur Fauzia is back with her group Ulfa and Friends.

out of 7, jazzuality

 

6 month old, but already reached the big stages including Espose 2013 (Bandung), JakJazz 2013 and Indonesian Jass Festival (Jakarta). That’s a remarkable achievement Out of 7, an interesting multi-faceted jazz band originally from Bandung. This band has some key players who might be interesting to watch even when they play alone. Widiyanto Sutanto is an outstanding composer and pianist, also knows how to embrace the recent gadget and turn it into a powerful weapon. Not only great in exploring the outside notes, he can also stand in front, running on the keys provided by iPad apps. The drummer of this group is a young girl Marissa Wiguna. Formerly played challenging rock, now she’s digging the jazz rhythm while still having the power and stamina. Energetic, sometimes hyperactive, she can be an attraction during their play. The singer is the grandson of jazz legend Bill Saragih, Erick Gabe. He can sing as wide as 4.5 octaves, love to run wild on vocals and able to do mouth trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, percussion, beatbox and so on. His tone is more into Soul and R&B, but wait until you hear him fast scatting on stage. There are two active guitarists found in this band, Herman Yulianto and Daniel Christy to keep the guitar role for the band, Abet Darmaji is the bassist of the group. Imagine how many sound and style can come out of 7 notes, that’s what they always love to bring. Joy Invasion Project, one of the Espose 2013 Band Audition’s contestants) will also play in this edition, and last but not least F.O.G is completing the lineup.

If you’re looking for some jazz treatment this weekend, why don’t you come and enjoy these 5 bands? It’s presented FREE of any charge. Since this event is made at one of the most popular cafes in Bandung, Bober Tropica, you can have delicious meals and beverages while filling your jazz needs. Be there and have a good time.

Sunday Jazz #63

Date: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Bober Cafe Tropica, Jl. Sumatra no 5, Bandung

FREE EVENT!

Featuring (in alphabetical order):

:: CHAKRABORTY
- Joo Yang drums
- Adya Amru Hidayat guitar
- Yosua Setiawan bass
- Nico piano

:: F.O.G.
- Tessa Vebista vocal
- Rama Gouwtama keyboard
- Richie Setiawan drums
- Matius Aprilianto bass
- Aries guitar
- Velix Sanjaya alto saxophone

:: JOY INVASION PROJECT
- Patra Pamindo vocals
- Fauzan Hakim saxophone
- Dwiky Hardika Pamungkas guitar
- Canggar Krisnarty drums
- Tubagus Raka bass

:: OUT OF 7
- Erick Gabe vokal
- Widiyanto Sutanto keyboards
- Marissa Wiguna drums
- Abet Darmaji bass
- Daniel Christy guitar

:: ULFA & FRIENDS
- Ulfa Nur Fauzia piano, vocals
- Cakra bass
- Luthfi Rian Febrian drums

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Jazz-Meeting-Point-#05

 

Bandung’s Jazz Community Klab Jazz launched a new concept of Jazz Meeting Point for the first time last June 14th, 2013 as a replacement of the now-inactive Fusion Flava. This decision was made by the founder Dwi Cahya Yuniman to widen up the jazz scope, much more than just strictly rooted in fusion and got the approval from the venue, Sixty Meeting Point and Cafe. The changing enable the jazz lovers and the supporters of the community to get rainbow-like jazz presentation from talented young guns from Bandung and beyond.

Here comes the 5th edition; now called BANDUNG CENTRAL JAZZ MEETING POINT; that will take place at the same cafe this Friday (November 29, 2013). This edition features assorted jazz delights, reaching further to the side that’s rarely taken by others. We will let you know, but first of all, as you can see in the e-flyer above, this show will introduce a jazz band from Cianjur named Baracuda. The band also represent the Komunitas Jazz Cianjur (Cianjur Jazz Community). How great it is to see that Cianjur, a city in the West Java province which is located along the main roads between Jakarta and Bandung. Cianjur is not a big city, many of the residents even commute to work either in those two bigger cities, but jazz actually exists in the city as well. How fine is the Cianjur jazz scene? Let’s get the answer from Baracuda. For us this is a happy news, knowing that jazz has infected much further than the big cities of the nation.
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If you dream of listening to the Gypsy Jazz the way Django Reinhardt did it many decades ago since the late 20′s until his passing in 1953, you should come because this 5th installment will serve it for you by Satura. Said as a unique dynamic duo by the Klab Jazz founder, Opik Bape and Arief Ginandjar (both are guitarists) can bring the Gypsy feels in excellence. They have shown it a couple of times in Klab Jazz’s events, but now they will specifically take the compositions of Django. Django has left the world 55 years ago, but his spirit, music and even technique will live on. It’s time to trace back the beauty from the past, it’s time to feel the best moment of ‘Djangology’ once again from this guitar duo. Other than having their own session, Satura will also accompany vocalist Agis Kania in her round.

If duo Gypsy guitar isn’t enough, you can have another fine treatment, this time involving 3 guitarists at once. Izal Giovana, Husna Hanapi and Bastiana Tama as the member of Tea Party Guitar Ensemble will give it to you. As the name says, you can expect to drink tea in better taste if you have it while watching them. What a fine treatment for guitar lovers.

Move on to the other lineup, there’s Olteje. This is the group of pianist Caroline Tjhi in the full band formation. If last time they played as quartet, this time the group is bigger with quintet. Caroline will be accompanied by Okki Jatikusuma (guitar), Leo Hansen (bass), Henky Suparjan (drums) and Maman Darisman (percussion), plus guest vocalist named Ijoel.

The last featuring group is Christ Stanley Trio. Hearing the name Christ Stanley one would think of Halfwhole Project, his well-established trio. But this time he freshen up with new team, young Hizkia Natanael (bass) and Olteje’s drummer Henky Suparjan. Will Stanley give his energetic straightahead with fired-up gesture like the way he does with Halfwhole Project or will he bring something new? Find out the answer by coming and watching him.

As usual this event is presented FREE OF CHARGE. You can treat yourself with fine jazz this weekend if you’re in Bandung. Just come, bring your friends and family along and let’s get a good jazzy time.

Bandung Central Jazz Meeting Point #05

Date: Friday, November 29, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Sixty-Meeting Point & Cafe
Jl. Naripan no.30, Bandung

Featuring (in alphabetical order):

:: AGIS KANIA
- Agis Kania vocals
(accompanies by Satura)

:: BARACUDA [fusion jazz grup from Cianjur]

:: CHRIST STANLEY TRIO
- Christ Stanley piano
- Hizkia Natanel bass
- Henky Suparjan drums

:: OLTEJE
- Caroline Tjhi piano
- Leo Hansen bass
- Okki Jatikusuma guitar
- Henky Suparjan drums
- Maman Darisman percussion
- Ijoel guest vocals

:: SATURA [duo gypsy guitar, play the music of Django Reinhardt]
- Opik Bape guitar
- Arief Ginandjar guitar

:: TEA PARTY GUITAR ENSEMBLE
- Izal Giovana guitar
- Husna Hanapi guitar
- Bastiana Tama guitar

24

monday-jazz-special

 

Sunday Jazz, the longest-running regular event of Bandung-based Jazz Community, Klab Jazz is supposed to run this Sunday as scheduled. Unfortunately, due to some reasons it can’t be held on this particular day. Klab Jazz doesn’t want to cancel it, so the community decides to ‘improvise’ by moving it a day later. Since the show won’t run on Sunday, the name for this edition is changed to “Monday Jazz Special”. “What I mean as ‘special’ is that the regular show will keep running on Sunday. Only one episode is moved to Monday until further notice.” said the founder Dwi Cahya Yuniman.

So, for the first time in Klab Jazz’s history there will be a regular event runs on Monday. As how Klab Jazz’s events are, the Monday Jazz Special features young jazz groups that, hopefully, will give valuable contributions to the Jazz scene in Bandung and also in Indonesia. Assorted Jazz goodies will be there for you to choose, brought by 5 bands in various styles. The straightahead Jazz will be represented by Chakraborty, then Makaloo will serve the style of straightahead with Latin tinged.

A unique Jazz twist is going to launch by Satura featuring Agis Kania. Satura is a duo that can already steal the attention of the audience with their gipsy-like guitar playing, but this time they are going to double the pleasure by involving a soulful vocalist inside courtesy of Agis. The students of ITB representing ITB Jazz named Uncle & the Escape is ready to highlight the groove side and last but not least, a teenage jazz project, VR Project is completing the lineup.

sunday jazz, bandung, jazzuality, klab jazz, sherly o, out of 7

The scene from last edition of Sunday Jazz #62 at Bober Cafe Tropica, Bandung

 

If usually Klab Jazz serves one of the event on Sunday to accompany your last resting hours before the work days begin, this time the community is going to bring it on Monday night, starting from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm at Bober Cafe Tropica, Bandung. Who knows, it might be good since you can have some jazz treatment to chill down after being busy with all your activities the whole day while enjoying the tasty meals and drinks courtesy of the venue. The event is brought to you FREE as always. With better sound quality and 5 bands in different styles, this special edition offers a good jazz-tertainment for you. So what are you waiting for? Just come and join. Keep supporting the local jazz community, the young bands and keep being a part of the jazz development in Bandung and Indonesia in general.

Monday Night Special

Date: November 11, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Bober Cafe Tropica, Jl. Sumatra no.5, Bandung

FREE EVENT

Featuring (in alphabetical order):

:: CHAKRABORTY [straighahead jazz]
:: MAKALOO [straighahead jazz with latin tinged]
:: SATURA feat. AGIS KANIA [duo 'gipsy' guitar feat. a soulful vocals]
:: UNCLE & THE ESCAPE [ITB Jazz' groove]
:: VR PROJECT [teenage jazz project]